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What do you keep spares of?

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by Marie13, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Orca

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: St Petersburg, Fl
    Depends on the dive.

    On one where I’m on a boat and space is limited? Maybe just a spare stage reg.

    On a big cave dive where there are setup teams and support divers? Everything. Extra regs, tanks, drysuits, undergarments, lights, backplate, wing, regs, reels, bottom timers, compasses, survey gear. Like absolutely everything. Sometimes there’s even a spare rebreather on site.
  2. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: dry land :-(
    O-rings, mask, hoses, drysuit seals, catheters and regulators.
  3. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario Canada

    There was a time when the spares for my spares had spares...not so much anymore...you end up with a very expensive high mountain of bits and pieces...that for the most part will never be used...

    There are only so many things you can change out during a charter...and sometimes you may just have to pack up and go to the house...

    In an effort to keep things fresh...I cycle most of what I have...scuba gear is not...in my opinion...''collectable''...it's a tool to do a job...no need to keep a tool that no longer performs as was originally intended or is needed...

    I have two of most things...including two dive ready complete ''kits''...everything from head to toe...maybe a few more of service items...

    I very much value the importance of a good tool kit...it's just as important to have the correct tool with you...as it is to have the available replacement part...a $2000. kit of useful tools is far more valuable than an expensive pile of ''spares'' that will never be used...


  4. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
  5. SammyW

    SammyW Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Derbyshire, UK
    Going on a dive trip i like to make sure I've got an O-ring pack, spare batteries for my computer/torch, Blackwitch and patches for drysuit/bladder emergency repair. Some Alan keys and my AJ. oh and some spare dry gloves
  6. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    On my boat, I carry spare parts to build a regulator plus a save-a-dive kit, mask, fins, computer and at home a backup drysuit. During a dive, I take only what I need to make the dive. I don't carry anything I won't use.
  7. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

    At what point does one admit to self that the next purchase can't be called spare/redundancy but just another one reg/mask/fins/whatever because you haven't purchased anything in the last 6 months and.... well... just like flamingos you can never have enough dive gear.
  8. jgttrey

    jgttrey ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston
    Like others, my answer depends on the context. At home, I have spares for everything. It's basically a small scale shop as I maintain not only my stuff but 3 other divers in my family. Traveling, obviously, is a different story.

    In addition to standard save-a-dive stuff and tools/orings/batteries/consumables, I would usually have the following "spares":

    Extra mouthpieces
    Low pressure inflator
    an extra set of regs for a stage bottle that I can use for spares, along with an extra hose or two so that I can deal with any sort bad hose.
    spare thin SPG/button gauge
    IP gauge
    since I like inline shutoffs on my bailouts, an extra of those plus an OPV
    Lots of bungee and cable ties.
    a few extra bolt snaps of appropriate sizes
    extra spools
    spare mask

    That's a pretty minimal backup kit but would get through most problems.
  9. Ulfhedinn

    Ulfhedinn Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: So CAL
    Spare mask, Spare Regs, Spare.. If it was up to me spare everything.
  10. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

    Redundancy, like many other natural phenomena, is a log curve: a spare for something cheap that breaks often is great, on the other end of the curve is a spare Omega Seamaster for the spare Rolex Submariner for the Breitling Emergency primary that's the bottom timer backup for two Shearwater computers.
    W W Meixner likes this.

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